What We Believe
Lutherans are Christians who accept the authority of the Bible as God’s revealed Word and the source and norm of our faith and life. In addition, we accept the historical authority of the ancient ecumenical Creeds – Apostles’ and Nicene – as accurate summaries of the Bible. We also view the teachings of Martin Luther (1483-1546) as formative to our faith. On October 31, 1517, Luther posted a challenge on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, titled “95 Theses,” to publicly debate theological concerns, and it turned out to be the "spark" that lit the fire of the Reformation. Luther’s hope was that the Church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Bible.
Nearly five centuries later, Lutherans still celebrate the Reformation and hold to Luther's theological teachings, such as Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone. These are the essence of what we believe: We are saved from sin and death by the grace of God alone, not by anything we accomplish. Our salvation is by faith alone, a confident trust in God, who, in Christ, promises us forgiveness, life, and salvation. The Bible is the norm for faith and life, the true standard by which teachings and actions are to be judged. Lutherans continue to be part of a reforming movement within the whole Christian Church.
Our Core Values
Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.
Everybody needs the opportunity for redemption and hope.
God's grace changes people.
Everybody has something to offer.
The world needs what we have.